57,000 jobs, and with state government struggling, minnesota's has shut down, nearly 40,000 government workers lost their jobs. after three months in which the economy looked strong, averaging more than 200,000 job gains, in may and june, it just flatlined. >> businesses just froze. they're not laying off workers, but they have stopped hiring. >> reporter: economist mark zandi believes higher gas prices stalled out an economy still trying to get back to full speed. >> the size of the economy is actually bigger than it was before the recession hit, however, we are lucky if we got a quarter of the jobs back. >> reporter: economist lakshman achuthan sees a fundamental shift in the economy that affects our ability to create jobs. >> i think a lot of people think the jobs problem was caused by the recession. >> no, it wasn't. something was ailing our economy before the great recession.